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PML-N, JUI unite for Town-4 nazim

PML-N, JUI unite for Town-4 nazim

PESHAWAR: The eight newly-elected councillors of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Jamiat Ulema-i- Islam-Fazl have joined hands in Town-4, Peshawar, to win the seat of town nazim with the support of independently elected councillors.

“Presently, we have eight town councillors; six of PML-N and three of JUI-F, and we are trying to muster support of four other elected people for town nazim slot,” said Nasir Khan Musazai, PML-N provincial secretary information, while talking to Dawn on Sunday.

He said that the Town-4 fell in the NA-4 constituency where his party had strengthened its roots by carrying out development schemes and thus the people had voted its candidates openly.

The PML-N leader said that they held a meeting with JUI-F leader Haji Ghulam Ali and both the parties agreed to join hands for the purpose. He accused the provincial minister for irrigation, Shah Farman, of taking the law into his hands during local government elections and demanded legal action against him.

Mr Musazai said that it was duty of the Election Commission of Pakistan to probe into, what he called, ‘fraud’ election and register an FIR against the minister. He alleged that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf workers had openly threatened the election staff through the minister’s phone calls on the polling day.

“Had the election commission ensured free and impartial election our party would have won many seats in all towns of Peshawar, but the provincial government misused its powers and changed the results,” he claimed.

Meanwhile, Peshawar district PML-N president Abdul Sattar Khalil said that workers of his party would hold a protest demonstration outside Peshawar Press Club on Monday (today) at 11:00am to condemn the rigging.

“My son has won his seat in Town-3, but we are not satisfied as our supporters were not allowed to poll votes,” he said and added that it was duty of the provincial government to deploy sufficient security personnel for protection of the voters against hooligans.

Mr Khalil said that his party was ready for re-election on every seat, but the ruling party would not agree to it. He also asked JI to take a clear position against PTI or stop what he said double standards. He said that PTI’s top leadership was blaming the election commission for the polls mismanagement, while the district level leaders had been criticising the PTI ministers.

Published in Dawn, June 8th, 2015

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